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Thirteenth Annual Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies: Chocolate Peppermint Bark Cookies

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Welcome to the 13th Annual Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies!

DAY 1: Chocolate Peppermint Bark Cookies

This versatile chocolate cookie dough makes a wonderful backdrop for melted peppermint bark and crushed candy canes!

You can use any variety of peppermint bark, but I really like these thin chunks that are sold in bags, like chocolate chips.

Peppermint Bark Chips

Bake the cookies, and then immediately place several of the peppermint bark chunks on the hot cookies.

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When the peppermint bark melts, use a toothpick to stir the melted chocolate.

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While peppermint bark is still soft, sprinkle cookies with crushed candy canes.

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While we are cooking and baking this Christmas season, I hope that we will also find a way to Be Part of the Greatest Story!

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Sugar Free Blackberry Cobbler

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I know that it is snowing in some parts of the country today, but we are trying to hold onto summer for just a little bit longer! This sugar free blackberry cobbler is perfect paired with your favorite sugar free vanilla ice cream. Also delicious with blueberries, or a combination of berries.

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Sour Cherry Pie and Canning Cherry Pie Filling

Sour Cherry Pie

Happy Canada Day!

Today’s recipe is a classic sour cherry pie filling that makes wonderful pie, or a delicious topping for vanilla ice cream or yogurt.

When we were in Pittsburgh, there was an awesome farm close by that sold buckets of pre-pitted sour cherries for a couple of weeks every summer. I am not a fan of pitting cherries, so I LOVED this! These cherries were perfect for making lots of jars of canned cherry pie filling that could be used throughout the year.

We have now moved and are too far to get these cherries anymore. As I’m still not a fan of pitting my own cherries, I rarely make multiple jars of canned cherry pie filling anymore. Okay, never. But I did scale down the recipe to make a single cherry pie (from either fresh or canned sour cherries).

For those who LOVE pitting cherries, or have access to places that will pit them for you, I have also included the large batch canning recipe.

And for those looking for a visual on making a lattice pie crust, here are a few photos:

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To avoid burned edges when baking your pie, use a pie crust shield after the first 10 minutes of baking. If you don’t have a commercial pie crust shield, it is easy to make your own. See the easy tutorial in the following link. This method does NOT use foil strips! That just leads to frustration and burnt fingers.

Make-Your-Own Pie Crust Shield

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Strawberry Lemonade Cake

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Strawberries and lemons are a perfect pairing for a sweet summer dessert. This cake has three layers of lemon cake filled with a strawberry Swiss meringue buttercream and garnished with candied lemon peels and whole strawberries.

Candied lemons are easy to make; just be sure to slice the lemons very thinly and remove any seeds. The leftover syrup can be used to sweeten a pitcher of fresh lemonade!

Candied Lemon Peel

Swiss Meringue Buttercream is a light and airy frosting that is not too sweet. The addition of strawberry puree makes it extra delicious!

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Berry Mousse Cheesecake with Fruit Glaze (Sugar Free)

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A light and delicious sugar-free dessert that will please the whole family.

The filling is a no-bake light and airy cheesecake flavored with pureed strawberries and raspberries.

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Take your dessert from simple to stunning by topping with a fresh raspberry glaze and garnishing with stabilized whipped cream and fresh berries.

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Valentine Whipped Shortbread Cookies

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Simple to make shortbread cookies made festive with Valentine sprinkles.  So much easier than rolling, cutting out, and frosting regular sugar cookies.

The dough is quick to make with no chilling or rolling required. The addition of cornstarch to the cookie dough helps these to melt in your mouth.

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